Intellectual Property Law, M.Sc.

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  • 24 months
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The MSc in Intellectual Property Law (IPL) is a unique combination of legal and business studies. This programme gives students solid expertise in both areas and an exceptional understanding of today’s markets and the world of intellectual property. This programme is offered by Hanken School of Economics.


The programme is delivered in close cooperation with industry, which ensures it remains at the forefront of developments in IP law.

As the protection of all types of intellectual property (patents, trademarks, copyright, trade secrets) becomes more and more important, the need for experts with competence in both law and business is growing exponentially. If you really want an advantage in the job market and you envisage yourself as the intellectual property expert of tomorrow, this is the programme for you.

The programme offers an international environment of a high academic standard. It provides you with outstanding networks for the future and a wide range of career opportunities. As the only Finnish university in the European Union Intellectual Property Office University Network, our programme offers an unique opportunity to network with students from other European elite institutions as well as supervisors from EUIPO, which administrates European trademarks and design registration.

IPR University Center

The programme is administered by the Department of Commercial Law and implemented in close co-operation with the IPR University Center, which is the leading academic intellectual property education and research centre in Finland.

Our graduates are equipped with

  • comprehensive knowledge of the intellectual property laws in Europe and internationally
  • competence in and knowledge of intellectual property rights in a business environment
  • research and analytical skills
  • communication skills
  • independent critical thinking in intellectual property matters

This Intellectual Property Law programme is offered by Hanken School of Economics.

Future Career Opportunities

70 % of students at Hanken have a job already before graduating. In 2014 as many as 98% of the students had a job 3 months after graduation.

Why Choose Hanken?

Hanken offers
  • A hundred years of experience in business and management education.
  • An international atmosphere. The percentage of international students is higher than at any other Finnish science-based university.
  • Excellent opportunities for exchange studies at one of Hanken's 100 partner universities. All students that go on exchange to a partner university get a scholarship.
  • An intimate environment where academic excellence, innovative teaching methods and corporate input meet.
  • Supervision and individual service. At Hanken both academic and administrative staff take the time to give you personal guidance.
  • A widely recognised degree offering excellent career prospects. Hanken alumni work in leading positions in more than 60 countries worldwide.
  • A platform for building both professional and personal networks that last a lifetime.
  • A degree from an institution internationally accredited by both EQUIS and AMBA.

Programme Structure

Year 1
Compulsory courses
  • Fundamentals of Intellectual Property Law
  • Fundamentals of Intellectual Property Law II
  • International and Comparative Intellectual Property Law
  • Law and Economics of Intellectual Property Law
  • Intellectual Property Strategy for Business
Elective courses, from the list below or other
  • Nordic IP Moot Court Competition
  • Nordic IP Moot Court Competition II
  • Practical IP Law in Europe
  • Literature Course in Intellectual Property Law
Year 2
Compulsory courses
  • Research Methodologies in Intellectual Property Law
  • Research Seminar
  • Master's Thesis
  • Elective courses, from the list above or other

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 580

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You need the following GMAT score:

Required score: 550

The GMAT is specifically designed for admission to business or management schools, and is meant to test how prepared you are for a business degree programme

  • Bachelor/Master's degree from a recongnised University or Polytechnic
  • Sufficient language skills
  • GMAT/GRE admission test score
  • Sufficient study background for the programme: At least 60 ECTS in economic sciences and/or relevant studies in mathematics and quantitative methods of which at least 30 ECTS must be within subjects relevant for the programme
  • Motivation letter
  • CV required

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 12500 International
  • Free EU/EEA


We have a comprehensive scholarship system in place to support all fee paying students. Applying for a scholarship will not affect the application for studies in any way. The scholarships at Hanken are merit based.

Hanken Premium Scholarship

  • Covers the full tuition fee and 8000 euros/year living expenses

Hanken Honours Scholarship

  • Covers the full tuition fee

Hanken Support Scholarship

  • Covers 50% of the tuition fee

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